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Rotary Club of Livermore Donates $20,000 to Support Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare’s COVID-19 Response

For Immediate Release:  April 13, 2020

The Rotary Club of Livermore, founded in 1947, has a long history of supporting health care in our community. Members of the Club were among the first donors to support the early stages of the formation of our Hospital in the 1950s and 1960s. Today the Club made a $20,000 donation to help fund some of Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare’s efforts in responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

“This is an unprecedented time which is challenging healthcare organizations in many ways,” said Rick Shumway, President & CEO of Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare. “This generous donation is not only assisting our Hospital in preparing for a potential surge in COVID-19 patients, but also will support the Hospital related to post-crisis success in meeting the healthcare needs of our community. On behalf of the entire team at the Hospital and our patients, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the Rotary Club of Livermore Board and all the Rotarians in the Club.”

This donation will help support equipment needed to convert regular hospital rooms into negative pressure isolation rooms. A negative pressure isolation room is commonly used for patients with airborne infections like COVID-19. These rooms have a special ventilation system that allow air to flow into the isolation room but not escape from the room, thus preventing cross-contamination from room to room and within the building.

“In early March, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare had 6 negative pressure isolation rooms,” said Shaké Sulikyan, Executive Director of ValleyCare Charitable Foundation. “Thanks to the amazing work of our frontline team members and Hospital leadership, we now have 54 negative pressure isolation rooms. I’d like to thank the Rotary Club of Livermore for helping to fund some of the air scrubbers needed for creating the isolation rooms that are necessary for treating COVID-19 patients. With their help, we’re well-prepared for a potential surge in our area.”

“Every year, Rotary District 5170 makes available funds for each Club to use on local projects.  This year we were pleased we could help Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare strengthen its capability to respond to the COVID-19 challenge: We not only contributed the project funds from our District, but we matched them from the Club’s own budget for the year.  We hope others in the community will now step forward and match us as well,” said Jay Davis, President of the Rotary Club of Livermore.

To contribute to the Hospital’s COVID-19 response efforts, please visit www.givevalleycare.org/donate, call 925-373-4560, or mail a check payable to ValleyCare Charitable Foundation to VCCF, 1111 E. Stanley Blvd., Livermore, CA 94550.

ValleyCare Charitable Foundation (VCCF) is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the health and betterment of the Tri-Valley through the ongoing funding of our local Hospital, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare (SHC – VC), and its innovative medical programs. Forward-thinking and community-driven, VCCF helps ensure that patients and loved ones have world-class medical care and lifesaving services and technology close to home. To learn more about VCCF and the impact of donations at SHC – VC, visit givevalleycare.org or call 925-373-4560.

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Contact: 
Shaké Sulikyan, Executive Director
Phone: (925) 373-4560
Email: vccharitable@stanfordhealthcare.org

(Pictured from top left to bottom right: Carolyn Siegfried, Rotary Club President-Elect; Shaké Sulikyan, VCCF Executive Director; Glenn Kubiak, Rotary Club Treasurer; Jay Davis, Rotary Club President; and Rick Shumway, Stanford Health   Care – ValleyCare President & CEO.)

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